Russian propaganda now highlighted on Facebook, Instagram

New Facebook tool reveals if your account was a pawn in the Russian propaganda game

The new tool, which is available through its "Help Center," marks the first time that Facebook users will be able to find out if they were duped by accounts associated with the Russian Internet Research Agency. It works by scanning previous posts in an attempt to link them to propaganda Pages.

Ads were also purchased in support of Jill Stein and Bernie Sanders, and Twitter also confirmed that the same Russian operatives utilized hundreds of accounts on Twitter to further push their propaganda. Ads were allegedly bought and used to sow seeds of discord among the two major political parties, which further caused unrest and affected morale in the entire democratic process. It can't tell you if you were one of the people who saw this content because friends shared it in your news feed.


Last September, Facebook had in an official statement indicted Russian Federation of influencing the 2016 U.S. election won by President Donald Trump. It only shows you the content the Russian entity targeted at you directly. The effort was made to damage voters' faith in the US election system and to bolster the likelihood that Donald Trump would win the presidency. Currently, users may only use the feature on the desktop version of Facebook.

The tool available through its Help Center specifically allows users to see if they followed or "Liked" any pages and accounts set up by Kremlin-backed trolls on either Facebook or Instagram, Recode.net reported on Friday. Facebook said it has not withheld information from everyone as part of plans to prevent a reoccurrence.

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